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Poster: billydlions Date: Apr 11, 2008 5:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: top 5 Brent Tours

Fall '83 is one of the best tours of the Brent years. Here's my top 5:

5) Fall '80. Starting with the shows in September thru the acoustic shows

4) Summer '82. Especially 8/1/82, 8/3/82, 8/7/82 & 8/10/82

3) Fall '83. Starting in Boise on 9/2/83, Red Rocks, Sante Fe, MSG and Hartford. Great audience recordings as well.

2) Spring '81. MSG on 3/9 & 3/10, 3/13, The European tour, then 5/1, 5/5, 5/6, 5/15, 5/16 (Barton Hall)

1) If I could follow any tour from start to finish it would be fall '81. The Long Beach shows in August, Greeks in September, ending with the blistering 2nd European tour of the year.

On top of that the aud's in 1981 are the finest IMO.

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Poster: orangejulius Date: Apr 12, 2008 5:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: top 5 Brent Tours

Thanks for the recommendations. I've long been trying to get into the band's 80s output. I haven't been blown away, even by allegedly great shows. However, I haven't met a show from 81 that has disappointed me yet. In particular, I can't say enough good things about Bobby's BDay show at the Melkweg, 10/16/81. From the 1st set, give that Cassidy another listen... actually creative improv and soloing. Second set is spectacular: they were in Europe, but that Playin' sounds like it was lifted from the Europe '72 tour. Samson and Delilah is one of the best versions I've heard. This is a show where the music really does play the band, but not with long, spacey jams but patient, tasteful group improvisation; you can almost hear them listening to each other as they complete each other's sentences. Perhaps its the intimacy of the venue or the fact that they played with borrowed equipment. Anyway, pull out your copy and give it a listen. Fantastic show. Novelty... yes. Overrated... no way.